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Seasonal Flu Vaccination

Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person.   For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.

Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.

The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu and include people aged 65 and over, people who suffer with Diabetes, Asthma, Low Immunity, Chronic Respiratory Disease, Chronic Heart Disease, Chronic Liver Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Chronic Neurological Disease, Carers and pregnant women.  A small charge is payable for patients who are not 'at risk' but would still like to have the immunisation. 

Immunisation is simple and quick and rarely causes problems.  If you have an allergy to an egg product or have had a reaction to a previous flu jab, please let us know, we are able to offer alternative flu jabs to suit your needs. 

After the injection you may feel a slight soreness or swelling at the injection site but this only lasts a few days.  The flu vaccination won't always prevent coughs and colds but it will defend you against the flu virus the World Health Organisation has identified as a risk in the current flu season.  The vaccination will help to keep you healthy during the winter months.

We have flu clinics scheduled at all three surgeries - please telephone for availability.  If you are unable to attend a clinic, don't worry, we can make an appointment for you at a different time.

Phone the surgery for an appointment for your flu jag today!

 

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